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​Krissy H. Snyder

Founder and Executive Director

Krissy initially launched the idea of Wildflower Cottage for Children after 16+ years directing at another program. During that time, she expanded the preschool program…

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Jordan Savage

Mentor Teacher, Preschoolers & Admin Support

Jordan’s work centers around his belief that young children and adults are really quite similar to each other. They both get swept away by the…

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Shaina Riley

Mentor Teacher, Toddlers

​As a life-long learner, Shaina strongly believes that positive experiences in early education will foster a love of continued education. A strong partnership between parent…

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Kelly Walker

Mentor Teacher, Middlers

Kelly grew up in the small coastal town of Beaufort, SC. She graduated from Appalachian State University in 2019 with a degree in Child Development…

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Viola Bestmann

Mentor Teacher

Viola feels continuously inspired by how children discover the world and the people around them with an open heart, a curious mind, and a never…

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Destanee Tugwell

Teacher, Preschoolers

Destanee was born in Wisconsin but grew up around Hillsborough, NC where she met her husband. In September 2020, they welcomed their first child–a daughter,…

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Harley Gant

Teacher, Preschoolers

Harley grew up in the western part of North Carolina—in Taylorsville.  She studied Psychology at Western Carolina University and then decided to move to the Durham/Chapel…

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Jacki Wilkie

Teacher, Preschoolers

Jacki grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania and moved to North Carolina in 2017. She has a B.A. in Psychology and has coupled…

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Lily Villeda

Teacher, Middlers

Lily was born and raised in Honduras. At the age of 16, she moved to Durham with her mother. Lily provided care to two much…

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Joselin Cruz Vargas

Teacher, Middlers

Joselin was born and briefly raised in the state of Hidalgo, Mexico. She moved to Durham, NC at the age of 9 and has since…

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Caton Cobb

Teacher, Toddlers

Caton is from Roxboro, North Carolina. She recently graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Child Development (with a focus in Pre-K/Kindergarten and…

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Catalina Gonzalez

Teacher, Toddlers

Catalina was born in Tijuana, Mexico.  She moved to the United States in 1996, spent 9 years in Racine, Wisconsin, and then moved to North…

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Lisa Zhao

Support Teacher, Toddlers

Lisa was born in Tianjin, China–a beautiful city located in Northern China. She graduated from Tianjin University of Finance after majoring in International Trading. Since…

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Lisa Greene

Support Teacher

Lisa was born and raised in North Carolina. Lisa completed her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2010.  She also has 20+years of…

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Barbra Laird

Music Teacher

Barbra is happiest when she is enjoying activities with her husband and three sons. But, running a close second is sitting on the floor with…

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Debbie Breuer

Sometimes Teacher

Debbie was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio.  She has always been surrounded by boys!  She has 3 younger brothers.  She married Matt and had…

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Diana Shoaf

Sometimes Teacher

Diana has lived in Durham since 1972, and raised her three children into adulthood here. While they were young, she was active in their classrooms…

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Marcia Redman

Sometimes Teacher

Marcia is a retired elementary school teacher. She and her husband relocated to Durham from the Midwest in 2011 to be near her son and…

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Megan Pender

Creative Consultant

When Megan thinks about Wildflower Cottage, she sees many elements that inspire children to create. She treasures the program’s reverence toward “the hundred languages” of…

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Board of Directors

In order to provide a lasting, community-based school for generations to come, Wildflower Cottage for Children, Inc. is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. The non-profit status helps us to remain transparent to all stakeholders—parents, teachers, and charitable donors. All can rest assured that funding goes directly toward supporting the program, staff compensation, and our children's education.

Our founding Board of Directors is comprised of local, professional men and women. Each brings a unique perspective and experience to their role: business management, finances, accounting, law, human resources, education, health care, occupational safety, insurance, advertisement, education, real estate, grant-writing, counseling, etc.

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